Control What You Can Control (COVID19)

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Rusty Thompson on April 3rd, 2020
Focus on What You Control

Control what you can control, and don't fear you can't control because it does no good. 

I have learned, as much as I hate it, that I cannot control wht happens in New York, Italy, South Florida, or even the City of Gainesville. I can only control what actions I take and where my focus is.

This past week, I got sucked into focusing on things I couldn't control. I was zeroed in on the latest breaking news. The problem is that the news media is built around one idea, "if it bleeds, it leads." Meaning, you can get a lot more clicks / viewers / readers if your headlines read:

  • "Death Toll surpasses world record"
  • "250 brand new cases of CoronaVIrus in Florida"
  • "Unemployment numbers skyrocket" 

Compared to:

  • "Testing response times have been reduced substantially"
  • "Alachua County is beating most expert prediction models"
  • "Death rate of COVID19 plummets 400% as testing is increased"
  • "Donations of money, food, and blood pour into local non-profits during crisis"

This is not new news, but it's important to remember. This week, I got caught up in the headlines and the fear almost paralyzed me. 

I had to remind myself that I can't control any of the above,  and neither can you. BUT-  we can control what we pay attention to. We can control where we focus our energy. We can control taking a bad situation and finding the positive in it.

I understand the situation is dire and I am not minimizing the threat. I am taking precautions, but I am also changing my foucs from the next breaking news story to things I control - my actions, focus, beliefs, and vision. 

The positives that are coming from this situation are there - but I had to look hard for them. Like spending more time at home with my family, getting back to some hobbies I had given up on, and getting caught up on some yard work at my home.

The bottom line is Fear is a liar, and he will magnify all of the things you can't control. What you can control is what you do today right where you're at.

Stop stressing over things you can't do anything about and focus fully on what you can.


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